Dec 13, 2013

Saint Search debuts Monday 12/16

New discovery system

A new and improved library system will debut Monday December 16th, 2013.  Saints Search, our new discovery system, will make it easier for you to find – and get – the information you need.  The new Saints Search box will be able to search across a much broader array of local, regional and global content including journal articles, books, DVDs and streaming videos.

Weekend closure for migration

Our cut-over to Saints Search begins Friday, December 13th.  The library has closed today at noon, but will re-open Monday morning at 8 am.

An Orbis Cascade Alliance shared system

Saints Search is being implemented in partnership with the other member libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. By moving from 30-plus library systems to one integrated system, we hope to improve the research experience for you – our students, faculty and staff – and better manage the resources you need. We are working with our partner libraries in the Alliance to unlock opportunities that will help us build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources with each other, achieve efficiencies, and explore new information technologies.

O’Grady Library is part of the second group of libraries to transition to this new system.  Because this is an extensive migration incorporating many institutions, the entire process will not be complete until December 2014.  We are committed to providing you with excellent service, including the delivery of Summit and interlibrary loan items, during this implementation period.  We appreciate your patience, good humor, and feedback as we move to this new and improved next generation system.

About the Orbis Cascade Alliance

Orbis Cascade is a library consortium of public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, of which Saint Martin’s has been a member since 2005. The consortium’s signature service is Summit, the shared catalog from which students and faculty can request books and other materials from any of the member libraries, with courier delivery to O’Grady Library.  There are currently over nine million titles (28+million items) available in Summit.  Saint Martin’s students and faculty borrowed 2,224 items through Summit last year, and O’Grady Library lent nearly as many titles to students and faculty at other Orbis Cascade institutions.  Our expectation is that Saints Search will provide enhanced access to our shared resources, both physical and electronic.


We appreciate your patience during this transition. If you have questions or other feedback, please let us know:  feedback form.

-- The staff of the O'Grady Library

Library hours for winter break

O'Grady Library begins its winter break hours today.

Winter intersession (Saturday December 14, 2013 through Sunday January 12, 2014)
Monday - Friday: open 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday: closed

Friday December 13: closing at noon
Christmas recess (Sat Dec 21 - Wed Jan 1): closed

Nov 19, 2013

No cash, no problem! Credit cards now being accepted at O'Grady Library.

Need to pay a fine or pick up a print card? The O'Grady Library circulation desk now accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards.

Thanksgiving break and Extended Hours!

Greetings everyone and welcome to crunch time!  Thanksgiving and finals are fast approaching, and with them, the hours in the library are changing to accommodate the season.

Important Fall 2013 End of semester hours: Sun. Dec. 1 - Fri. Dec. 13

  • Sunday (Dec. 1):
1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Thursday (Dec. 2 - 5):
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Friday (Dec. 6):
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday (Dec. 7):
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (Dec. 8):
1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Tuesday (Dec. 9 - 10):
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday (Dec. 11):
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday (Dec. 12 -- exams end):
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday (Dec. 13 -- intersession):
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

We will be open during your study days, and open late at that, so feel free to come in, get comfy, and get a good grade.  Good luck!

Oct 8, 2013

Midterm Break Hours in O'Grady

Midterm break is coming up.  The O'Grady Library building will have shorter open hours both days of the break.  The rest of the week will revert back to normal operating hours.  Happy studying!!
    • Monday, October 14th      8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, October 15th      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aug 22, 2013

Faculty! Library instruction questions?

Here's a quick guide on who to contact to schedule library instruction this Fall.

Scot Harrison
Phone:  360-486-8808
Subjects:  English, Foreign Languages, Engineering

Serin Anderson
Phone:  360-486-8813
Subjects:  UNI 101, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Business, MAC

Kirsti Thomas
Phone:  360-486-8827
Subjects:  Sciences, Math, Music, Theatre, ESL, Nursing

Father Peter
Phone:  360-486-8828
Subjects:  Philosophy, Religious Studies

For a complete list of subject areas, please check out the librarian liaison page.

May 10, 2013

Graduates, see The Saint John's Bible Saturday 9 am - 2 pm

O'Grady Library will open Saturday, May 11 from 9 am - 2 pm as part of Commencement 2013 so that graduates and their families may view the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible in the library's Marcus Lobby.  The Pentateuch will be on display.

The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is now on display in O'Grady Library. The public is welcome to visit during regular library hours.

An opening spread from Wisdom Books shows the
"Garden of Desire" illumination from Sirach 24 by Suzanne Moore of Vashon Island.

Copyright © Terry Anderson Photography

The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years. It was commissioned by Saint John’s University and Abbey in 1998 “to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world.” Saint John’s is Saint Martin’s founding abbey (1895).

The 73 books of the Old and New Testaments have been collected in seven volumes: Gospels and Acts (2002), Pentateuch (2003), Psalms (2004), Prophets (2005), Wisdom Books (2006), Historical Books (2010), Letters and Revelation (2011).

This remarkable artistic creation fuses contemporary themes and technologies with centuries-old techniques and materials. Page layouts and line breaks were designed on a computer. The pages themselves are calfskin vellum, and the script was written with goose, turkey and swan quills dipped in lampblack ink made from rare nineteenth century Chinese ink sticks.

Hand-ground pigments - vermillion, lapis lazuli and others - were combined with egg yolk and water to form paints for the illuminations, which were embossed with gold and platinum leaf. The illuminations were created with traditional techniques, but incorporate contemporary themes and images.

The original Saint John’s Bible is housed at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Heritage Edition

The Heritage Edition is a full-size, fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible. Donald Jackson, the artistic director for The Saint John’s Bible, was also the artistic director of the Heritage Edition, working with leading experts in printing and binding to ensure the faithful and consistent representation of the original. Production was limited to 299 sets, each numbered and signed by Jackson. Saint Martin’s University is the only library in western Washington that owns a set of the Heritage Edition.

The approximately 1160 pages of the seven volume Heritage Edition are printed on uncoated cotton paper with an innovative, high-tech, ultraviolet printing process. Illuminations are embossed with gold and silver foil to replicate the effects of the gold and platinum leaf of the original. The volumes are bound in handcrafted, embossed Italian calfskin with a silver clasp. Like the original, the volumes are monumental in size: approximately 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open and weighing from 13 to nearly 20 pounds.

Saint Martin’s currently has four of the seven volumes: Pentateuch, Wisdom Books, Psalms, and Prophets.


Saint Martin’s University commissioned the design and construction of two display cases from Olympia craftsman David (Dusty) Knobel of Knobel Wood Works.  These stunning vitrines complement the beauty of both the Heritage Edition and O’Grady Library.

Both display cases are in O’Grady Library, one in the Marcus Lobby and the other outside the Mitchell Special Collections. Volumes will be rotated periodically and pages turned on a weekly basis.
Learn more about The Saint John's Bible:

May 9, 2013

Intersession and Summer Hours for the Library

Intersession hours for the O'Grady Library run Monday, May 12th - Sunday May, 18th with the following times:

Mon-Tue: 8am-5pm
Wed: 12pm-5pm
Thu-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat-Sun: closed

Summer hours begin on Monday, May 19th and continue through August 9th:

Mon-Thu: 8am-8pm
Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: closed

Happy summer from the O'Grady Library!

Feb 11, 2013

Show the love!

It's that time of the year again. No, not taxes, though they are looming. It is the time to show you care, so post a valentine for the library near and dear to your heart - the O'Grady Library. Come on in and leave a Valentine on the board, paper hearts supplied.

Jan 14, 2013

Welcome back!

Spring semester starts Tuesday, January 15th and so do the regular O'Grady Library hours:
  • Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
For a list of the holidays and breaks, hop on over to our web page

 Photo by timdoyle1